Saltwater Aquarium Index: How To Raise Paralabidochromis sp. Rock Kribensis

Paralabidochromis sp. Rock Kribensis (41716 bytes)
  • Common Name:  Rock Kribensis
  • Location and Lake collected from:  Kissenda Island, Chamagati, Python Island, Buyago, Ngoma, Matwinki Island, Chamagati, Makobe Island, and the northern Mwanza Gulf in Lake Victoria.
  • Approximate size:  About 4 inches.
  • Description: They have a barring pattern that resembles a checkerboard.Food:  Will eat flake, daphnia, and frozen brine shrimp, and mine ate the Java Moss I had in with them.  I have not tried anything else with them. In the wild this species feeds on Aufwuchs.
  • pH:  7.5 – 8.3
  • Temperature:  75 – 82 degrees.
  • Breeding behavior:  Mouthbrooder.  I have multiple males and females in the same tank and they just kind of hang out until spawning time.   Then the dominate male picks out his territory to defend, then once spawning is over they go back to just hanging out again.  The only real aggression I have seen is from the females where my males and my friends males have been killed by the females.   My 2 inch females held their first brood for about 20 days and produced 8 – 12 fry each. 
  • Care of the Fry:  Newly released fry can eat crushed flake food, baby brine shrimp, and other small foods.  They should be given several small feedings per day.  Spawns can be kept in a 10 – 20 gallon tank up to an inch in size.  They are not picky about their water conditions.  Males start to develop adult coloration at around 1.5 inches. 
  • Tankmates:  I have had Eretmodus cyanostictus, and Labidochromis sp. Hongi in with my breeding group without problems.  I have 1 male in a tank with Altolamprologus compressiceps, Julidochromis transcriptus, Chalinochromis brichardi, Ophthalmotilapia ventralis without any problems.  I have seen adult females kept with Haplochromis “Red Head” nyererei, Paralabidochromis chromogynos, Paralabidochromis chilotes, Neochromis rufocaudalis(nigricans), Lipochromis sp. Matumbi Hunter, and Pundamilia nyererei Ruti Island.
  • Tank size:  I am keeping 10 sub-adults in a 30 gallon long aquarium.
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